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WILLIAM ALBION DULANY, M.D.


Among the professional men of Wayne county probably none are more 
worthy the success which has attended their efforts than Dr. William 
Albion Dulany, of Keenes, a practitioner of more than local reputation 
and a man who has made a place for himself in the ranks of his chosen 
profession entirely through his own efforts. Handicapped by the lack of 
early advantages, he persistently labored to better his condition, and 
after eleven years of incessant endeavor succeeded in reaching his goal. 

Dr. Dulany was born June 8, 1873, near Bluford, Jefferson county, Illinois, 
and is a son of I. H. and Sarah (Green) Dulany. Preston Dulany, the 
grandfather of Dr. Dulany, was a native of Virginia, from which state he 
migrated with his adopted parents to Tennessee. There he was married and 
engaged in agricultural pursuits, but in his later years became blind, and 
until his death was dependent upon his son. I. H. Dulany was born in Tennessee, 
and in 1860, when twenty-three years of age, migrated to Southern Illinois, 
settling near Bluford, in Jefferson county. Later he moved to Middletown, 
Wayne county, where he practiced medicine for thirty years, building up the 
largest professional business in the county, but he is now retired and lives 
with a daughter. His wife, the daughter of a Tennessean, died in 1887, having 
been the mother of seven children, namely: Professor Thomas S., principal of 
the high school at Adamson, Oklahoma; A. G., an attorney of McAlister, 
Oklahoma; Mrs. Eliza Dorsey; Mrs. Mary Anderson; Mrs. Minerva Hunter; John, 
who is deceased; and Dr. William A. Dr. William A. Dulany secured his early 
educational training in the common schools, and as a youth turned his attention 
to clearing land. He had, however, decided upon a professional career, and with 
this end in view went to work to secure a better education. He worked his way 
through Hayward and Ewing Colleges, and for ten years was engaged in teaching 
school in Jefferson and Wayne counties, the greater part of this time being 
spent at Spring Garden, Illinois, In the fall of 1901 he was able to enter 
St. Louis University, and graduated from the medical department thereof in 
the spring of 1905, since which time he has been successfully engaged in practice 
at Keenes. Dr. Dulany now travels over an extensive territory in Wayne and 
Jefferson counties, having a large clientele and a wide professional acquaintance. 
A close student, careful practitioner and skillful surgeon, he keeps fully 
abreast of the various advances in his profession, and takes an active interest, 
in the work of the county, state and national medical associations. 
In fraternal matters he is well and popularly known as a member of the Odd Fellows 
and the Modern Woodmen. 

In 1894 Dr. Dulany was married to Nana B. Bruce, daughter of Lenard Bruce, 
of Marlow, Illinois. To this union two children were born: Jewel F. and Halsie, 
but Jewel died in her fifth year, and Mrs. Nana B. Dulany died in 1903. In 1906 
Dr. Dulany was married to Miss Catherine Keen, daughter of James Keen, an old 
resident of Wayne county who now lives near Keenes, and two children have been 
born to them: Herman and Rabb. Dr. and Mrs. Dulany are widely known in religious 
circles, and are consistent members and liberal supporters of the local Methodist 
Episcopal church.



Source: History of Southern Illinois George Washington Smith, 
M. A. VOLUME I - III ILLUSTRATED 
THE LEWIS PUBLISHING COMPANY CHICAGO AND NEW YORK 1912
Page 1612 - 1613

Submitted by Robert W. Loman 

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